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Section of St Giles in the Fields

Section of St Giles in the Fields

Artist: Flitcroft, Henry

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1732

Shelfmark: Ktop XXIII

Item number: 18-c

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This is one of the original architectural drawings of Henry Flitcroft, entitled "the steeple agreed to Feb 23 1732/3." St Giles in the Fields has its origins in a leper hospital founded by Matilda, wife of Henry I. It was dedicated to St Giles and founded "in fields" outside the city wall. The hospital chapel gradually became used as a parish church. The plague of 1665 started in St Giles' parish and the old church was structurally damaged by the huge number of burials that took place. In 1711, The Fifty New Churches Act, put forward a proposal for a new church at St Giles. Henry Filtcroft successfully competed against other architects James Gibbs and Nicholas Hawksmoor in a competition to design the church.

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